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OS X 10.8.5 12F30 and Safari 6.1 Beta 4 Seeded

1 August 2013 928 views No Comment

It was Wednesday, so there was a fresh OS X 10.8.5 dev seed, as well as a Safari 6.1 beta. No known issues listed for either, but here some release notes…

And, then some more Safari 6.1 Beta 4. It was Wednesday, so there was a fresh OS X 10.8.5 developer seed, as well as a Safari 6.1 beta. There aren’t any known issues listed for either, but a source has provided the Safari 6.1 release notes — an edited version, for brevity, of which is published here.

This is the seventh developer seed of OS X 10.8.5 beta and it arrives one week after the last one. As the Apple Developer Website is back up, 12F30 is available via the Mac App Store and direct download from developer.apple.com.

No known issues and the focus areas remain the same. The notes section of the installer includes only three letters, “TBD,” indicating that this likely isn’t a near final release.

And, without further ado, here are the redacted (the boring bits) Safari 6.1 Beta 4 release notes…

Safari 6.1 Seed 4:

Safari and WebKit Release Notes
— This seed build is not localized
— Safari 6.1 for Mountain Lion requires OS X 10.8.4
— Safari 6.1 for Lion requires Security Update 2013-002

— Safari Safari Sidebar (Mountain Lion only) — The Safari Sidebar makes it easy to access your Bookmarks, Reading List, and Shared Links
— Shared Links (Mountain Lion only) — Shared Links shows you links from people you follow on Twitter. You can see who shared the link, as well as the comments they posted about it.
— Continuous Reading (Mountain Lion only) — Continuously scroll through all the articles and webpages in your Reading List and in Shared Links. When you select an item and scroll to its last page, the next item in your list automatically appears below it.
— Easy Retweet (Mountain Lion only) — A Retweet button in Shared Links makes it easy to retweet links from people you follow on Twitter.
— Redesigned Top Sites — Top Sites has a new look and makes it easier than ever to get to your favorite websites. Rearrange sites by dragging and dropping thumbnails.
— Safari Power Saver — Safari conserves energy by playing only the plug-in content that’s front and center on the webpages you browse to. Safari displays a preview of the plug-in content on a webpage’s margins, but waits until you click that content before running it, so you only use energy viewing the content you want to see.
— Third-party data blocking — Safari blocks third-party websites from leaving data that could be used to track you online.
— Faster Javascript — Thanks to the faster Nitro JavaScript engine in Safari, browsing is even faster and more responsive.
— iCloud Tabs autocomplete (Mountain Lion only) — When you type into the Smart Search Field, Safari shows you webpages in your iCloud Tabs, making it even easier to pick up your browsing right where you left off on another device.
— Yandex search built-in — Leading Russian search provider Yandex is a built-in option for Russian users, in addition to Google, Yahoo! and Bing.
— Sandboxed plug-ins — Safari sandboxes popular plug-ins, making it safer to run them by restricting what they can do and what data they can access on your system. The Adobe Flash Player, Silverlight, QuickTime and Oracle Java plug-ins are sandboxed in Safari.
— PDF sandboxing — Loading PDFs in Safari’s built-in PDF viewer is safer thanks to sandboxing. Sandboxing restricts what a file can do or access on your system, so if PDF file you view on the web contains malicious code, Safari can prevent it from harming your computer.

• WebKit — Better text and layout
— CSS Regions and Exclusions — Safari supports complex, magazine-like layouts for webpages. CSS Regions allow content in complex layouts to flow within different regions and still be associated. With CSS Exclusions, inline text and other content can flow around regions on a webpage.
— Sticky positioning — With sticky positioning, elements can remain fixed within the Safari window even as the user scrolls.
— Widow and orphan support — With widow and orphan support, you can specify page breaks and avoid awkward pagination in webpage text.
— Kerning and Ligatures — Text in webpages automatically benefits from support for kerning and ligatures in Safari.
— Sideways text orientation — With Safari support for text-orientation: sideways, Safari supports vertical text layouts that have horizontal text within them, helpful for webpages in East Asian languages.
— CSS quotation marks — CSS quotation marks are now language sensitive, allowing your webpages to display the right quotation marks for your language character set.

• Accessibility improvements
— Captions for video — WebKit now supports out-of-band captioning on Mountain Lion and Lion. In-band subtitles are now supported on Mountain Lion.
— Web Speech API — Support for the Web Speech API, Safari can convert text to speech and vice versa, allowing developers to create accessible, voice-driven web apps.

 • Other new features
— High DPI for image-set — Support for high-DPI with the image-set function makes it easier to specify when to use higher-resolution images for displays with high pixel density.
— HTTP strict transport security — Your website can now specify that only https should be used to connect.
— Page visibility events — Safari now supports the page visibility API.

• Web Inspector
— Various updates changes (redacted for brevity)

And, yes, observant OS X Mavericks beta testers, Safari 6.1’s feature set almost matches up with Safari 7…

Sources: MacRumors, AppleInsider, 9 to 5 Mac, MacNN

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